Developer’s bid to turn former police offices into flats

Former Cambridgeshire police offices sold to developers

Former Cambridgeshire police offices sold to developers - Credit: Archant

An application to demolish housing formerly owned by Cambridgeshire police to make way for flats has been submitted to planners.

The force sold the site, in Ferrars Road, Huntingdon, to the Lioncross Group last year as a part of a review of its assets across the county.

The review was held in order to help find £19 million in savings by 2020.

As part of the plans, submitted to Huntingdonshire District Council, it is proposed that 14 flats will be built following the demolition of the existing building and the new development will be constructed in the “three-storey Georgian style”.

Kurt Little and Michael Craddock, managing partners at Lioncross, said: “We are excited about the opportunities Huntingdon offers to home owners and investors alike, the current A14 improvements will undoubtedly improve access and appeal of the location of this ever expanding and characterful market town.”

The building, which sits opposite the current Huntingdon police station, formerly served as police houses but has, in more recent times, been used as an office annex.

Before the building was sold for £505,000, in November last year, a pre-application submission was carried out by commercial property firm Barker Storey Matthews, on behalf of Cambridgeshire police.

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The review highlighted that the brownfield site was of “high profile on the inner ring road and any design should account and acknowledge its significance”.

Alan Matthews, director of Barker Storey Matthews, said: “We had a strong level of interest in the site which we offered for sale following obtaining formal pre-application advice from Huntingdonshire District Council. The site was offered for sale by tender and several offers were submitted.”

The Lioncross Group, which is currently completing a development of 29 apartments in Peterborough, hopes to start work on the Huntingdon site later this year, subsequent to planning permission being granted.